Hi Bill. We also issue a certificate of occupancy. We issue it once all violations have been cleared, and, if sprinklered, the Fire Marshall has "signed off" on the house. Once in a while there are CC&R's that require landscaping/tress/sprinklers, etc... and these also must be in place prior to the C of O.
Ryan Jackson, Salt Lake City
Re: Certificate of Occupancy ??#153994 01/29/0401:40 PM01/29/0401:40 PM
the building code does not require a co for single family dwellings or garages(u occupancies)so all we do is final them.the final box signed is what the bank requires to approve financing.that is the hammer that gets the unresolved issues;resolved!all other occupancies will get a co at the time of final.
Re: Certificate of Occupancy ??#153995 01/29/0402:00 PM01/29/0402:00 PM
More specifically, Does a House have to be certified somehow as being finished before someone can move in?
I'm thinking here of situations like those in Sparky's pictures ( here ) where unfinished installations pose a threat to Occupants. What is the Agency that should be looking to protect Consumers from their own ignorance by requiring everything be finished?
Re: Certificate of Occupancy ??#153996 01/29/0403:47 PM01/29/0403:47 PM
Here in the City, we require one. Of course, I'm still operating off of a 'temp' CO from when I bought the house.
The AHJ (BI) was a former FD Lt. I told him I was buying the house, so he "scrutinized" the heck out of it, winding up with a "fix or forget" list for the new owner of close to 2 (small) hand written pages.
When I asked him about the list, he laughed, and said "I really went over the place for you. Don't worry - they've got to fix it before they sell it to you"
I told him "No Jackie, I've got to fix all that stuff when I move in....
They're selling the house as is!"
Obviously (back to point) re-inspection isn't a high priority, especially with exisitng structures. With new construction, they're a little toughter, but nowhere near as tough as the "snooty" towns to the south ($1 mil+)
A lot of places are more prone (existing) to "grandfathering" or "DIY disease" (Homeowner or "knowledgable" friend w/o permit OR know how)
Re: Certificate of Occupancy ??#153997 01/29/0405:56 PM01/29/0405:56 PM